Cybersecurity: Hot Career Field of the Future

Every year, millions of seniors graduate high school. The ones who go on to college ask themselves what they will major in. For those unsure of what they want to be “when they grow up,” one answer is to pursue a career in the field of cybersecurity. According to some officials, a career in cybersecurity will most assuredly mean a well-paying, steady job for the next 30 years, according to www.washingtonpost.com.

With an ever-increasing need to fill vital roles within the growing field of cybersecurity, demand for those to fill these roles outstrips the number of applicants available. The government is looking at filling at least 10,000 jobs in the cybersecurity field, with the private sector needing another 40,000 cybersecurity experts.

The majority of cyber crimes involve the state-sponsored theft of intellectual property and attacks against the digital capabilities of such critical national infrastructure as banks and power providers. These attacks take place thousands of times per day, according to industry experts, costing an estimated hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

To add to the lack of recruits for cybersecurity jobs is the competition with software design and computer engineering jobs, which pay much more than their cybersecurity counterparts. So, can you blame students for seeking work in higher-paying fields?

One way of getting more high school graduates to seriously consider a career in cybersecurity is to develop programs within the schools that expose kids to the field of computer science and make the field more appealing. As of now, not enough is being done to foster interest in a career in the field of computer science, much less cybersecurity, the Washington Post story said. This trend can be changed by exposing students to STEM education, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, in addition to some cybersecurity training on the high school level.

For more information about why cybersecurity experts are needed for private businesses and government agencies, visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/cybersecurity-experts-needed-to-meet-growing-demand/2012/05/29/gJQAtev1yU_story.html